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A Little Winter Color

By Kelly A. Omand | January 4, 2019 | Comments Off on A Little Winter Color

Even in winter, when browns, greys or sage greens of lichens dominate the island color palette, you can still find some vivid evergreens while walking the trails of conservation properties around the island. Several species have red berries to add even more visual interest. The crimson/dark green color scheme is apparently a successful evolutionary trait…

Sending out the Bat Signal

By Danielle O'Dell | December 17, 2018 | Comments Off on Sending out the Bat Signal

Since the discovery of a population of Northern long-eared bats on Nantucket in 2015, the Foundation’s Science and Stewardship Department has been working hard to understand how these bats use habitat here. Because this species is at a high risk of extinction throughout much of the rest of the northeast, we feel it is critically…

Winter Botany: Marcescent Leaf Mysteries

By Kelly A. Omand | December 3, 2018 | Comments Off on Winter Botany: Marcescent Leaf Mysteries

If you happen to be wandering through Squam Swamp or Squam Farm as autumn gives way to winter, you may notice that while most of the trees have already shed their foliage, oaks (Quercus spp.) and American beech (Fagus grandifolia) may still retain old dried leaves rattling spookily in the wind. Some individuals seem to remain almost fully dressed, while…

Will It Be A Snowy Winter?

By Libby Buck | November 16, 2018 | Comments Off on Will It Be A Snowy Winter?

Our favorite winter residents are back, the Snowy Owls (Bubo scandiacus)! The first sighting for Nantucket was at Smith’s Point this week. If you consider yourself a birder, or just an admirer, it is always thrilling to see these stunning birds of prey with their intense yellow eyes. Snowy Owl at Eel Point (Photo: Libby…

Pest House Pond Water Quality Management is Underway

By Karen C. Beattie | November 8, 2018 | Comments Off on Pest House Pond Water Quality Management is Underway

Pest House Pond is small, brackish wetland approximately ¾ acre in size located along the shoreline of Nantucket Harbor between Monomoy and Shimmo. The pond and surrounding property totaling 3.6 acres was donated to the Foundation in 1973 by the Shimmo Association, with an additional 1-acre abutting parcel donated by Mrs. I. H. Burnside in…

Nantucket Leaf Peeping…We DO Have Fall Color

By Jen Karberg | November 2, 2018 | Comments Off on Nantucket Leaf Peeping…We DO Have Fall Color

Seeing the social media posts of family and friends off island in the autumn, it’s easy to think that Nantucket has drawn the short end of the stick when it comes to Fall Color. There was an instagram post earlier this week taken in Town on Nantucket under a pale yellow tree with the sad…

Eastern Box Turtle Update

By Danielle O'Dell | October 26, 2018 | Comments Off on Eastern Box Turtle Update

A few weeks ago, we reported on a male box turtle that was found on Nantucket. We wanted to give a little history on this turtle as well as an update on his current whereabouts. In June of 2009, the Nantucket Conservation Foundation received two reports of Eastern box turtles within 2 weeks of each other. The…

Fun Fall Sightings!

By Danielle O'Dell | October 11, 2018 | Comments Off on Fun Fall Sightings!

Today was an exciting day for us here at the Nantucket Conservation Foundation! We were reunited with an old friend. In the summer of 2009, we received two separate reports of Eastern box turtles (Terrapene carolina) – a male found in Surfside, and a female found at the Head of the Plains. At the time, these…

In Bloom Now: American Cow-Parsnip

By Kelly A. Omand | June 14, 2018 | Comments Off on In Bloom Now: American Cow-Parsnip

If you’re out and about on Nantucket this month and see super-sized umbels of white flowers that resemble Queen Anne’s lace but are the size of dinner plates, topping plants with beefy stems and large coarse leaves, it’s likely you have come across American cow-parsnip (Heracleum maximum). Typically found at the edges of wetlands and…

Meet our Ecological Field Assistants!

By ncfscience | June 12, 2018 | Comments Off on Meet our Ecological Field Assistants!

Each year, the Nantucket Conservation Foundation’s Science and Stewardship staff hires 2 Seasonal Ecology Field Assistants to help completely all of our many research and management related objectives over the summer and early fall season. Each year we look for people with strong experience in plant research, wildlife monitoring, invasive species management and an overall…